There’s a lot of parenting advice out there but if you want to really succeed at ruining your kid, these 5 easy steps will get the job done. (P.S. If they ever tell you that you are the meanest parent in the world, you are doing this all wrong.)
They are the kids who want to be on the inside of every inside joke. They are the kids who want to point out how they fit in and how others stick out. They are the kids who always have someone to sit with and protect the seats all around them for their friends.
They are the kids who you can hear bragging to their friends because they don’t have a bedtime and their parents let them have a say in all the decisions. They are the kids who aren’t a bit intimidated when a teacher informs them that they’ll have to contact the parents. These kids know whose side you’ll be on no matter what.
I was a failure as a parent. My kids would gladly tell you that I would never let them win at games and I didn’t care what new thing all their friends had. I was unbending and rigid when I gave them an answer they didn’t like and I always believed it when another adult told me something rotten they did. In spite of all that bad parenting, they have grown up to be responsible adults. And you want to know the weirdest thing? They are turning out to be failures as parents too. And nothing does this mama’s heart more good than to hear my words come out of their mouths.
Hi! I'm Janet and I've been the Director of the Before and After School and Smart Start Preschool Programs at the Troy Rec since 1994. My hubby and I have been married 30 years and we have two grown sons. Each of them is married and blessing us with grandchildren left and right. Life is good even when the nest is empty!